The Gerald Averay Wainwright Fund for Near Eastern Archaeology

The Gerald Averay Wainwright Fund for Near Eastern Archaeology is based at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Oxford.

The Wainwright Fund aims to encourage the study of non-classical archaeology of the countries of the Middle East. The projects supported are wide ranging: the Fund holds a Schools Digital Poster Prize, awards research grants, and also sponsors Postdoctoral and Early Career Fellowships.

The most recent research grants were awarded in 2021-22. The successful applicants were:

  • Christoph Bachhuber: Contemporary Pasts of Archaeological Landscapes (CPAL)
  • Douglas Baird: The Boncuklu Project
  • Lara Bampfield: Archaeological Excavation of Kurd Qaburstan
  • Roland Enmarch: Excavation of Structure SW1 and Surounding Area at Hatnub Quarry P
  • Alan Greaves: Prehistoric Settlement and Environment in the Lycian Highlands
  • Anna Stevens and Gretchen Dabbs: The North Desert Cemetery at Amarna

Previous grants from the Wainwright Fund have assisted the work of many specialists in the field of Near Eastern Archaeology, including:

  • Nick Barton (The Origins of the Aterian in North Africa)
  • Emma Baysal (Technology at Boncuklu Hoyuk)
  • Piotr Bienkowski (International Umm al-Biyara Project)
  • Elizabeth Bloxam (Forgotten Landscape: third archaeological survey of the Wadi Hammamat greywacke quarries, Egypt)
  • Ferran Borrell (Neolithic Heterogeneity: the case of the central Syrian desert)
  • Alison Damick (Bronze Age Ground Stone Technology and Craft Production in Lebanon)
  • John Gait (A petrographic study of Nubian A-Group and C-Group pottery from Egypt and Sudan, 4th-2nd millennium BC)
  • Ben Gearey (Identifying spatial and temporal relationships between resource exploitation, environment and landscape during the Halaf period: a case study of Domuztepe, southeast Turkey)
  • Amber Hood (Illuminating Early Dynastic Egypt)
  • Rob Hosfield (Connecting the Acheulean World: International Collaborations in the Earlier Palaeolithic of the Sudan)
  • Robert Killick: Archival deposition of Saar Imagebank with the Archaeology Data Service
  • John McGinnis (Ziyaret Lower Town Project)
  • Alison Meakes (Petrographic analysis of Neolithic ceramics from Fars Province, Iran)
  • Paul Nicholson (The Catacombs of Anubis, Saqqara)
  • Bruce Routledge (Dhiban in the Iron Age IIB Period: Sequence, economy and preservation)
  • Eleanor Scerri (The Aterian in Northwest Africa)
  • Ian Shaw (Satellite imagery, geophysical survey and excavation at Gurob, southern Faiyum area, Egypt)
  • Tania Tribe (Archaeological Survey of medieval royal sites in Wadla, N. Ethiopia)